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AC-130U Gunship was on-scene in Benghazi, Obama Admin refused to let it fire

Written By: Bob - Oct• 26•12

This is treason.

A much more detailed confirmation from a Delta operator:

Having spent a good bit of time nursing a GLD (ground Laser Designator) in several garden spots around the world, something from the report jumped out at me.

One of the former SEALs was actively painting the target.  That means that Specter WAS ON STATION!  Probably an AC130U.  A ground laser designator is not a briefing pointer laser.  You do not “paint” a target until the weapons system/designator is synched; which means that the AC130 was on station.

Only two places could have called off the attack at that point; the WH situation command (based on POTUS direction) or AFRICOM commander based on information directly from the target area.

The designator will not work without the plane overhead.

Make sure you read that link… it leaves open the idea that one of the Predators may have also been armed.

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  1. Jim Schaffer says:

    Bob, I follow you all the time and find you very believable. However, I think we need to know where you got this information. I can’t find it on the Wikipedia site you referred to. Please help us verify this information. If true, this does justify treason designation. But I can’t find verification from your article or the Wikipedia info. Thanks.

    • Bob says:

      Jim, laser target designators are not randomly used to identify targets in vague hopes that some random air asset will be wandering by. There is a Special Operations communication network connecting the CIA assets on the ground, military special operation assets (in this instance, including Delta), and other air, sea, and land assets.

      The CIA operators lugged a laser designator to the roof because they A) had identified a target and B) knew through their communications network which air assets were on standby.

      The fact that they bothered to call for fire, and lased the target, would only occur if the aircraft were overhead. Period.

      The CIA’s operators are the best there are, recruited from the elite of Delta and SEALs. They knew exactly what they were doing, where the assets were, and how to most effectively use them.

      The Obama Administration refused to let them fire.

      Americans died, and the terrorists got away scot-free.

  2. BillC says:

    The AC-130H or U does not use any weapons that require a designator. All the guns on the U and the 105 and 40mm on the H are slaved to which ever onboard sensor is primary at the moment, either the low light level TV or the IR.

    The gunship can designate for weapons that need a laser to provide guidance, i.e; LGB’s or Hellfire missiles.

    I got the impression that the guys on the ground were using the laser to point out targets to the gunship. Repeating, the gunship doesn’t use ground based laser to guide the weapons.

    “You do not “paint” a target until the weapons system/designator is synched; which means that the AC130 was on station.”

    This doesn’t make any sense to me.

    Bill Cook
    AC-130A pilot 1974-1975 (OK, a long time ago, but some things don’t change that much)

    • Bob says:

      As Blackfive’s Delta guy was asserting, the laser might not have been needed by the AC130-U, but it does have the capability to see a lased target.

      There was also the second Predator coming online during the second half of this debacle. The Administration claimed the first Predator was unarmed. I’ve seen no claims about the second, but from what the military experts on Google tell me, they can be armed with a number of laser-guided weapons.

      • BillC says:

        Just like the Predator video, everything the Gunship imaged is recorded. I wonder if we will ever be able to see what really happened. Somehow, I think these tapes will be erased just like Nixon’s missing 18 minutes.

  3. Bob says:

    “Just like the Predator video, everything the Gunship imaged is recorded.”

    I’m pretty sure that video has already been erased. Whether or not military or intelligence assets recorded other evidence, however, may be an interesting story.

  4. dave says:

    The timeline for multiple requests for help and given Gen Patreus (head of CIA) saying he did not give the order to stand down, suggests that the Obama administration knew in advance of the attack on embassador Stevens. Nobody has been named the fall guy for making this decision in light of so many options to fight back. It is obvious, our commander in chief (he does not deserve upper case “c’s”), is incompetent at the very least. Knowing 911 is a day where Islamic hostilities are potentially great, preparations to defend the United States were not virtually non existant. Also, the administrations story is ever changing. No need to use any more than the facts we have at this time. We know the 4 men that gave all and died serving this country each have a Legacy of Honor for the ages.